A Cycle365 Post With Attention Deficit Disorder

While riding my bicycle around this morning I had a different title in mind for this post. It was a really good one too, but I can’t remember what it was. So I was ready to go with “Riding By The River On A Snowy Day.”

Then I noticed that most of the pictures I took had almost nothing to do with either the river or a snowy day. The subjects were all over the place, scattershot, inconsonant, incongruous, and if I were to take my Thesaurus off the bookshelf, I’d be able to think of some other words as well.

I should probably start with the title picture. It has nothing to do with my bike ride or bicycling in general. Wait, yes it does. I made my world-famous batch of Asian-inspired chicken wings a couple nights ago and they provided the nutrition I needed for a bike ride. Also, I was so proud of the flavor and presentation of my wings that I’m willing to inject that photo into any opportunity I get.

I did go down to the river. That would be The Mississippi River.

A few days ago I wrote that our weather was the only exotic thing I had to offer about MY Town. Apparently I disrespected the world’s third largest river system. And the BIRDS! Eagles were very active today. Geese too. Seagulls too. Ducks too.

I felt pretty excited to be this close to a pair of bald eagles.

Before I could zoom in for a close-up, they took off. I presume they were uncomfortable with my presence.

I rode further along the river and noticed a red pick-up truck. Not that a red pick-up truck is all that interesting, but I also noticed a huge telephoto lens sticking out of the driver-side window. The lens was aimed up into the trees so, of course, I had to investigate.

Wow, there was another female eagle up there with a chubby fish in her talons and the fish was still flopping around. She must have just pulled it out of the river. I wish I could have seen that.

Again, I scared the eagle away when I tried to focus my phone in on her, and I’m sure the guy with the telephoto lens was very pissed off at me. Sorry!

I can’t expect you to remember what I wrote a few weeks ago about eagles being almost as big of scavengers as vultures, but this huntress was clearly an exception. Kudos!

Flashback to my picture of a male bald eagle flying away from feeding on roadkill.

Another thing I don’t expect you to remember is that time I discovered a 2-mile-long poly-propylene string. I made a video of it running along my handlebar for about a minute. Two days later, I discovered the damage caused by that demonstration. Here, for the first time ever, is the evidence.

How long is a string? It’s long enough to cut through my handlebar tape right down to steel.

Back to the Mississippi River. It’s big, but that doesn’t make it any more pretty than Bean Creek of Illinois. It’s just bigger than Bean Creek, that’s all. I made what Borat might call a “movie film.” (Nothing about Giuliani in it though.)

On the way home, I saw this sticker in the back window of a car.

I turned around because I had to verify what I thought I had just seen. The dude had the same sticker on the other side of his Buick too.

I have the same sticker on my vehicle. What are the odds?

I had to get home to watch the Sunday football games. The Minnesota Vikings have a bye week, which means they can’t lose again today. However, I was anxious to root for Lednar’s favorite team to lose.

I can’t expect you to remember the picture of chicken wings at the top of the page, but I re-heated some of the leftovers for the big game. They were still delicious.

Eat your heart out Buffalo Wild Wings!

This is when I still had some hope The Packers might lose. Unfortunately, they are now leading by a score of 28 to 7. Enjoy it while it lasts, Lednar.

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

17 response to "A Cycle365 Post With Attention Deficit Disorder"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: October 25, 2020

    How about sharing your recipe for the chicken wings – they look delicious!
    Don’t want any of your snow flurries, though.

    • By: gregblood Posted: October 26, 2020

      Sorry, Suzanne, but if you want the recipe you’ll have to take some of the flurries as well. They come as a package set.

      Just kidding. I’ll share the recipe soon.

  2. By: BobinVT Posted: October 25, 2020

    I’m feeling proud of myself because I’m remembering pretty much all those things you said I wouldn’t remember. Sorry to tell you, but I’m sitting here cheering for the Packers right now. At least my Giants aren’t losing today. And those wings look excellent. Oh, and it looked like a good morning bike ride too.

    • By: gregblood Posted: October 26, 2020

      CHEERING FOR THE PACKERS? I hope I won’t have to “unfriend” you. (LOL) I can’t believe I haven’t already unfriended Lednar, who made the Packers his favorite team just to irritate me. Really, he did. Luckily he’s otherwise a pretty good guy.

      • By: BobinVT Posted: October 27, 2020

        In my defense, I would cheer for the Vikings in most games, unless they were playing my Giants, maybe the Seahawks, or that team that shall not be mentioned. 🙂

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: October 25, 2020

    Birds: check. River: check. Snow flurries: check. Chicken wings: check. Aaron Rodgers: check. The only item that could improve your post? Movie film featuring Rudy.

    • By: gregblood Posted: October 26, 2020

      Oh how I wish I had the trickster skills of Cohen. I’d love to coax Giuliani (or someone of that ilk) to co-star in my next Storm Chaser Greg Movie Film and watch him cry like a baby when I tell him it involves riding a bike.

  4. By: NancyG Posted: October 25, 2020

    What everybody else says — especially Suzanne. I could use that recipe – in fact that is why I opened this post to comment. ????‍♀️. One thing no one else did say is .. GO SEAHAWKS! Game time shortly so I must leave here.

    • By: gregblood Posted: October 26, 2020

      You’re OK for now, Nancy. I actually like the Seahawks, because my son lives out there. And I’m fine with everybody rooting for any team they like . . . EXCEPT the Packers.
      As I told Suzanne, I WILL post that recipe here on Cycle 365. I only have to figure out how I can work it into a bike ride.

  5. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: October 25, 2020

    Surly’s rock! Wish I had one.
    Nice tour of the Father of Waters, and the chicken wings look deliscuous — a nice bucket of soup from the channel of Bean Creek would truly make the dining an epic event.

    • By: gregblood Posted: October 26, 2020

      As good as the chicken wings LOOK, I assure you they TASTE eight or nine times better. Plus, I also make a pretty mean black bean soup. Maybe not as good as a ladleful of water from Bean Creek, but still pretty tasty.

  6. By: Laura Posted: October 25, 2020

    One thing about bicycling when it is spitting snow…you didn’t have to worry too much about social distancing. I’m trying to figure out how I could cut and paste some of that snow so you’d think I was hardy enough to be riding in that kind of weather…I will when I can figure out how to install a heater on my Bike Friday.

    • By: gregblood Posted: October 26, 2020

      It is true that I don’t have to worry about social distancing in the winter on those bike trails. But it is also true that I don’t have to worry about it at all, except on fair weather weekends when out-of-towners take over the trail system. There is even a vendor from Minneapolis that sets up shop renting out e-bikes on weekends. From what I can see, he does some pretty good business. In general, I prefer riding the highways and city streets anyway. The trails are okay too, but not on a summer weekend.

  7. By: The Navigator Posted: October 26, 2020

    I’m not much of a wings fan, but those look absolutely delish. Those first couple of snows are kinda fun, and a bit of novelty, but then, when they start to stick…. yeah, you can have that all to yourself! After growing up in the midwest (but not in a super snowy part), CO snow was such an awakening. It would snow a whole bunch, then the sun would come out, it would melt from the roads and there was never very much slush for very long. Such a contrast to those grey, freeze and refreeze slush winters of my youth. Winters in CO were actually very enjoyable. You are certainly a hardy and determined guy to ride year-round in MN!

    • By: gregblood Posted: October 26, 2020

      Yeah, I get what you’re saying about the novelty of snow wearing off, and the slush, and the gray gloominess, and the nice, quick-dry snows of Colorado. For sure, I prefer riding in the other three seasons but I live where I live and I have to deal with what I get.

      I AM determined and, I suppose, hardy. But there a lot of people here in the upper midwest who THRIVE on extreme cold and snow. I was late to the party. I grew up in Iowa. I was never exposed to downhill or cross-country skiing, or snowmobiling, or hockey, or snowshoeing, or sledding, or dog mushing, or figure skating. My winter sport was wrestling — in a warm gymnasium — and bicycling. Since I’m a little too old for wrestling now, biking is all I’ve got.

      There are some really hardy folks around here who can’t wait for winter to arrive and they hate when springtime comes and melts their beloved snow. I’m not one of them.

  8. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: October 26, 2020

    You’re right, since my Aussie rules team got knocked out of the finals I’m turning into a cheesehead again.

    I rode past a guy last weekend who was wearing a GBP cap, kicking myself I didn’t borrow it and get a photo with it on.

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